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LA Times The Taste – Costa Mesa Lineup

The Los Angeles Times announced the lineup for its Costa Mesa edition of The TasteFollowing its 10th anniversary on the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot, one of the most popular food and drink festivals is returning to Orange County for its second year to spotlight the vibrant cuisine and award-winning restaurants in the heart of Southern California.

Hosted by The Times’ Food staff, The Taste in Costa Mesa will take place at The MET over three sessions: one on Friday, Oct. 18 and two on Saturday, Oct. 19. Admission to each event includes unlimited samplings from dozens of local restaurants, premium cocktail tastings, plus demonstrations from renowned chefs and wine experts.

Friday, Oct. 18, 7 to 10 p.m.

L.A. Times Cooking Editor Genevieve Ko will host the opening event featuring Syrian pastry chef Maher Nakhal (Le Mirage Pastry) as he reveals the handcrafted artistry behind his authentic Middle Eastern desserts and French pastries. Critically acclaimed chef Ross Pangilinan (Terrace by Mix Mix) will showcase his eclectic style and Euro-Filipino flavors through a demo of one of his signature dishes, hosted by Times Features Writer Gustavo Arellano. Restaurants include: Filomena’s Italian Kitchen, Outpost Kitchen, Puesto, Tackle Box, The Ranch at Laguna Beach and WAVE Gourmet Burgers.

Saturday, Oct. 19, noon to 3 p.m.

Chef Carlos Salgado of Michelin-starred Taco María, will provide a glimpse into his contemporary, Mexican-influenced cooking with L.A. Times Cooking Columnist Ben Mims. Taking the crowd on a wine tour through Monterey County, Rob Baker (Southern Glazer’s) will lead a presentation on Bordeaux-style wine from Carmel Valley’s Bernardus Winery. Restaurants include: Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Mayors Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen, Mesa and Roba Noodle.

 Saturday, Oct. 19, 7 to 10 p.m.

The Taste festivities continue on Saturday night as chef Wing Lam (Wahoo’s Fish Tacos) will cook up his legendary Baja-style fish tacos, while Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault (Knife Pleat) will demonstrate modern, seasonal interpretations of classic French techniques with Times Senior Food Writer Jenn Harris. Restaurants include: Bluegold, Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, CUCINA enoteca, Georgia’s Restaurant, Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar and Toast Kitchen + Bakery.

Travel Costa Mesa has partnered with nearby hotels to offer special packages that include a pair of tickets to The Taste with each night’s stay for a weekend “Eatcation” to explore more of the area’s diverse food and cultural scene.

Photo Courtesy of LA Times The Taste

Artists,Adventurers and Athletes at Hotel Joaquin

Caldera+Lab Presents Artists, Adventurers and Athletes at Hotel Joaquin

Wellness guru and mom of 2, Stacy Keibler made a rare appearance with husband Jared Pobre at  the Artists, Adventurers and Athletes experience presented by Caldera+Lab Non-Toxic Skincare for Men at Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach. The magical two-day beach retreat was hosted by Paul Makarechian, founder of Auric Road (Hotel Joaquin, Korakia Pensione and Lone Mountain Ranch), Pat Tenore, founder and President of internationally successful surf and skate label RVCA, Danny Fuller, pro-surfer and photographer and Sage Vaughn, California based artist.

Guests enjoyed daytime activities such as yoga, paddle boarding and surfing at the legendary Shaw’s Cove beach prior to being treated to an epic sunset viewing and cocktails by the pool complete with a live painting exhibition by Sage Vaughn. The magical evening continued with a private Mediterranean inspired dinner in the garden of Orange County’s best new restaurant Saline, prepared by famed Chef Leandro Bongarra. Post dinner, guests enjoyed a fireside performance by Hawaiian artist Lilly Meola.

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Austin Eldred

With over 230,000 Spotify streams on his single, ‘Are You Down,’ the people of Los Angeles keep buzzing around a fresh urban vibe named Austin Eldred.

The Orange County native is a show-stopping recording artist paving a name in the music world. Eldred has officially been releasing music for two years with hits featuring the noteworthy likes of Eric Bellinger and Problem. Eldred draws inspiration from his eclectic childhood upbringing in Southern California where he infuses R&B and Hip-Hop into a unique sound. His upcoming debut album, “1997” (executively produced by Ned Cameron) is soon to release and will showcase new sides of the performer. With ten new hand-written tracks, Eldred looks to put a permanent imprint on the industry.

Amir Obé on Seth Meyers + EP Out Now

Rapper and Producer Amir Obé is gearing up for the release of CAN’T BE A _____ HERE: CHAPTER 3, the third and final installment of his three-chapter project. Tonight, Amir makes his late night television debut on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Listen to Holy Shit HERE

Listen to CAN’T BE A___ HERE: CHAPTER 1 HERE

Listen to CAN’T BE A___ HERE: CHAPTER 2 HERE

Watch the 8-minute “Romeo and Juliet” Short Film here!

About Amir Obé:

Branded a “force” by Complex, Amir Obé grew up the so of a father with a PhD in education and a pianist mother. Amir was ready to give up music four years ago when he decided to pour his heart into one final mix tape project: Detrooklyn, named in honor of the two cities that raised him. was the critically acclaimed result. Fellow Detroit native Big Sean called. Drake’s manager reached out, and a song Amir co-produced, “Star 67,” appeared on Drake’s surprise mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (February 2015). Amir’s two subsequent indie mixtapes, Happening in the Grey Area (2015) and Won’t Find Love in the Hills (2016), sent a tremor through the music industry, as XXL commended his commitment to “substance over selling out,” and Fader praised his music as “dreamy, sad and sensuous.” Def Jam reacted swiftly, and Amir’s signing was announced in December 2016. “To continue to a legacy and brand that has created history with some of my favorite artists is a blessing,” he told Billboard“Def Jam prides itself on authenticity and I couldn’t have found a better home.”

Amir’s Def Jam signing was celebrated with the video premiere of his new single, “No Peace” and the track was included on Def Jam’s pre-Xmas compilation, Direct Deposit, Vol. 1. His debut EP, None Of The Clocks Work (March 2017), including “Wish You Well” was sonically rich, awash with dark synths and thunderous drums, brimming with vulnerability and emotional sincerity. Amir’s 6-city U.S. tour in August made stops, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The tandem releases in late-2018 of Can’t Be A__ Here: Chapter 1, Can’t Be A__ Here: Chapter 2 (with “Bloodshot,” and the widely praised 8-minute “Romeo & Juliet” short film), and Can’t Be A__ Here: Chapter 3, have affirmed Amir’s relationship with a devoted legion of fans who’ve felt disconnected from the constant braggadocio and emotional void in mainstream urban music. In being himself, flaws and all, he’s actually given those fans the confidence to do the same.

Real Housewives Awards

Bravo Media announced today the return of the fifth annual The Real Housewives Awards,” a celebration honoring the most epic, jaw-dropping moments from recent seasons of “The Real Housewives” franchise. Starting today until October 28, fans can vote for their favorite housewives’ style, shade-filled moments, most memorable wigs and more on BravoTV.com/RHAwards or the Bravo Now app. Every vote counts for each of the 10 award categories including:

·         Most Iconic Moment

·         Best Shade

·         Best Style

·         Rookie of the Year

·         Best Comedic Performance

·         Best Couple

·         Best Actress

·         Best Friends

·         Miss Congeniality

·         Most Memorable Wig

As voting kicks off, actor and host of Bravo’s upcoming primetime talk show “Bravo’s Play by Play,” Jerry O’Connell,  Kelly Dodd of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and LeeAnne Locken of “The Real Housewives of Dallas” team up to cast their votes in this video clip exclusively on BravoTV.com.  For a sneak peek click here: http://www.bravotv.com/bravos-play-by-play/season-1/videos/jerry-oconnell-casts-his-vote-for-the-real-housewives-awards

The 2018 winners will be revealed on October 29 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, in a special episode of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” devoted to the “The Real Housewives Awards,” where host Andy Cohen will honor the leading ladies of each category.

For the latest on “The Real Housewives Awards,” fans can visit BravoTV.com/RHAwards, which will serve as a hub for “Real Housewives” content, including hilarious impersonation videos from Bravo superfan Amy Phillips and more. Viewers are also encouraged to join the conversation by using the official hashtag #RHAwards.

The Shakes Debut Music Video

Hailing from the depths of Orange County, CA, Indie-alt collective The Shakes debut the official music video for “With Every Moment”.

The beautifully crafted video was shot and directed by Benny Gigliardi, who does justice for the track. Which stems from frontman and songwriter Sean Perry’s harrowing near-death experience, cited as the main influence for the EP. Benny, who is known for his work with up and coming artists such as Super Whatevr and Hearts and Lions, goes on to describe his process of bringing his vision into fruition:

“It was such a blessing and a pleasure to get to direct this video. I’ve known Sean and Cameron for a couple of years now and we’ve been talking about doing a video ever since we met and I’m so thankful we waited as long as we did. I didn’t necessarily have a storyline in mind for the video, I just wanted to create something visually stunning that would compliment the song and sell an 80’s vibe but also keep it original. Sometimes the best ideas come in the simplest ways, but you also have to be fearless with your approach. But if it doesn’t scare you, where’s the fun in that? It brought me joy to bring this song to life and I hope it does the same for all who see it. This is just the beginning for the Shakes and I’m honored to get to work with them and watch them grow.

The video, does indeed capture Perry’s unique sound which blends 80’s inspired grooves with infectious “Britpop” influenced lyrics and melodies. Comes right on the heels of the young collectives highly anticipated debut EP, released independently on July 23rd, 2018. The Shakes who have had a big year so far since their big break performance at The Troubadour, opening for The Strike earlier this year. Followed by many other key shows throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. Upon the EP’s release, not only were loyal cult followers thrilled, but also a new segment of listeners across the country. Partly due to key, infectious tracks such as “Scumptious” immediately pulling over 200,000 plays through streaming with praise from a wide range of well established music blogs online. You can check out the full EP for yourself on all streaming platforms.

With support from larger artists within the scene, such as Francois Comtois of Young The Giant. Whom featured on their debut single “Somebody” last year. THE SHAKES, aim to be a new refreshing voice within the rock scene and don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Already in the works on their next single “Six Feet Below”, coming early this fall.

You can view the cinematic video via youtube and IGTV on their instagram: @theshakesmusic which is cultivated with cinematic tones that are undeniably captivating.

Brunch Life Fest

Some of the best restaurants in Long Beach, Orange County, and Los Angeles came together for the first ever Brunch Life Fest in Long Beach, CA. At the event, there were local brunch tastings, mimosas, and specialty drinks. Bottomless mimosas, beer, and brunch? What can be better than that?

This was a one-day outdoor food and entertainment festival that debuted at Long Beach’s Rainbow Lagoon Park at 400 E Shoreline Dr, Long Beach, CA. The parks turf recreational lawns, waterfront views and walkways are the draw at the traditional Japanese-style park. This event was exclusive to 21+  on August 4, 2018. with day drinking, samples, and tastings while supplies lasted.

At the event, full sized entrees and beverages were available through vendors. Agaves Kitchen, GD Bro Burger, Gourmet Blends, Padre, Drake’s Brewing, Essential Water, and Liberation Brewing were just some of the vendors at the event offering tastings and specialty drinks. Pearson Brother’s Winery provided a mimosa bar. Patrons were able to try the first grapeless wine made with wildflower honey, valencia orange, and indonesian vanilla.

Event goers enjoyed live music and entertainment from local bands, photo booths, lawn games, and other fun activities.  VIP tickets were $90 and that included open mimosas bar, bloody marys, beer tastings, brunch food samples, access to the VIP section, and cocktail bar.

General Admission tickets were $75 and that included open mimosas bar, bloody marys, beer tastings, brunch food samples, and access to merchants and vendors.

A La Carte was offered to patrons and that paid entry to the festival, and access to food vendors and merchants.

If you’re a brunch enthusiast, you’ll want to head over to the Brunch Life Festival in Long Beach on August 4.

The event was packed by mid-morning and drew in so many people in Southern California. The Brunch Life crew worked around the clock pooling funds to pay for the event and sourcing local businesses to create this fun day for patrons. There first time doing this was a success and they hope to continue to do this annually.

Brunch Life Fest & Giveaway!

360 Magazine will be conducting a social giveaway for a pair of GA tickets. To enter, just follow @brunchlifefest on Instagram and comment #360magazine and #agendafestival on our Instagram post here. Winners will be announced Thursday, August 2nd. They can collect their passes under their names with proof of ID at WILL CALL.

Brunch Life Festival is coming to the Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach, CA on August 4, 2018 to celebrate that indulgent meal between breakfast and lunch that’s fueled by mimosas and avocado toast topped with poached eggs. Restaurants from Long Beach and Orange County are gathering to provide guests with brunch samples and beverage tastings. For five hours, the festival encourages attendees to live out their wildest brunch dreams (i.e., sip bottomless mimosas, sample gourmet brunch dishes, and participate in their favorite booze-fueled outdoor games). Live entertainment by Soular System, The Black Noise, and Roma provide a soundtrack to revelers’ escapades. Enjoy plenty of photo-booths to preserve memories for brunches to come. Round up your brunch crew for a fun filled day and enjoy the Brunch Life! Tickets starting at $20 on www.brunchlifefest.com

CHRYSALIS ANNOUNCES PLANS TO EXPAND TO ORANGE COUNTY

Chrysalis, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals, today announced its plans to expand to Orange County. The new office will be the organization’s fourth location in Southern California – the first outside of Los Angeles County – and answers an urgent call for aid to the homeless population in Orange County, which has grown to nearly 4,800, an increase of approximately 13% within five years, according to the most recent homeless count.

“At our current locations in Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Pacoima, Chrysalis has been successful in helping individuals overcome significant barriers to employment,” said Mark Loranger, President and CEO of Chrysalis. “We are honored to be able to offer our services to those struggling in Orange County, where we are also hoping to foster key partnerships with community leaders in an effort to make a significant difference in what has become a grave situation.”

“The dignity of a day’s work has the power to transform lives,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. “We have seen this with our innovative community volunteer program Better Way Anaheim. After learning about the great work of Chrysalis, I invited them to help us further expand into a full-fledged permanent jobs initiative as a pathway out of homelessness. We look forward to this partnership.”

Chrysalis, which has helped over 60,000 men and women change their lives through jobs since 1984, provides the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. The centers offer phones and computers for clients to communicate with potential employers, computer labs to search for or apply to jobs, one-on-one resume writing and interview training, bus tokens to enable clients to get to job interviews, access to business attire and personal grooming items, along with crucial ongoing support. Chrysalis also hosts a series of job prep workshops, along with one-on-one case management, and resources such as a Women’s Empowerment Program, geared toward helping women overcome trauma and build confidence.

While no address has been confirmed yet, Chrysalis is working with the City of Anaheim to identify a location, with the goal of opening Chrysalis Orange County in Fall 2018.

For more information, please visit ChangeLives.org/Expansion. Follow #PathwayToOC and @ChrysalisLA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Chrysalis

Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to prepare for, find, and retain employment. Since 1984, Chrysalis has helped nearly 60,000 individuals change their lives through jobs. The resource and opportunities available to Chrysalis clients include one-on-one case management, resume-writing assistance, practice interviews, and transitional job opportunities with the organization’s social enterprises. Annually, Chrysalis provides critical employment services to nearly 4,000 homeless and low-income individuals through its current centers in Downtown Los Angeles (Skid Row), Santa Monica and the San Fernando Valley (Pacoima).  www.ChangeLives.org

Assemblyman Travis Allen

Assemblyman Travis Allen: CA Supreme Court’s Decision to Not Hear Gas Tax Repeal a “Mockery of Justice” but Will Not Stop Repeal

Travis Allen vows to continue fight to Repeal Jerry Brown’s $52 Billion Gas Tax

Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) denounced the Supreme Court’s decision to not hear his case against Attorney General Becerra for “intentionally misleading voters” on the ballot title and summary for the Repeal of the Gas Tax.

“The California Supreme Court has made a mockery of justice and brazenly endorsed AG Xavier Becerra’s outright deception of Californians, robbing Californians of honest ballot title and summaries not only for the Gas Tax Repeal, but for every initiative that we vote on,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen. “With this decision, the Supreme Court has given the overtly political Democrat Attorney General an unrestricted license to lie to Californians, and has relinquished its duty to enforce California’s Constitution as it relates to ballot initiatives. This is a sad day for direct democracy in California, and every Californian should take this as a warning that we clearly can no longer trust the Attorney General or the California Supreme Court to be impartial or factual. Read your ballot initiatives closely – now the Attorney General is lying to you and there’s nothing the Supreme Court or anyone else in California is going to do about it.”

Assemblyman Allen filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court to have the original title and summary restored to the straightforward original version. This lawsuit resulted in the judge throwing out AG Becerra’s misleading title and summary and ordering the Attorney General to rewrite it so it clearly stated that the initiative “Repeals recently-enacted gas and diesel taxes and vehicle registration fees” and “eliminates road repair and transportation programs funded by these taxes.” Becerra, although in clear violation of the California Constitution and decades of case law, quickly had this ruling overturned in the politicized Court of Appeals. Last week, the California Supreme Court decided to not hear the case.

“The corruption of California’s political system is now on display for all to see, but his decision only strengthens our resolve to repeal Jerry Brown’s unnecessary $52 Billion gas tax that Californians never got a chance to vote on,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen. “The more Californians are finding out about this gas tax and how little it’s actually going to do for our roads, the more outraged they become. Not only will we move forward with the repeal, we will get it qualified, and we will Repeal the Gas Tax.”

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